- The definition of tarry is of, looking like or covering in tar.
An example of something tarry is a creature that has just crawled out of a tar-filled pit.
- Tarry is defined as to delay, be late or wait.
An example of to tarry is to be 20 minutes late to a wedding ceremony.
tarry definition by Webster's New World
- to delay, linger, be tardy, etc.
- to stay for a time, esp. longer than originally intended; remain temporarily
- to wait
Origin: Middle English tarien, to delay, vex, hinder ; from Old English tergan, to vex, provoke, probably influenced, influence by Middle English targen, to retard ; from Old French targer ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form tardicare ; from Classical Latin tardare, to delay ; from tardus, slow from source tardy
- tarrier noun
- tarriness noun
tarry definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb tar·ried, tar·ry·ing, tar·ries verb, intransitive
- To delay or be late in going, coming, or doing. See Synonyms at stay1.
- To wait.
- To remain or stay temporarily, as in a place; sojourn.
Origin: Middle English tarien.
- tarˈri·er noun
adjective tar·ri·er, tar·ri·est